Samsung release SDK and open up Galaxy S5 Fingerprint sensor

Samsung has released the software development kit (SDK) for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The SDK will also allow developers to program apps for the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear fitness band.

Samsung will also allow developers to make use of the fingerprint scanner found in the Galaxy S5.

Samsung’s decision to open up the feature to developers stands in marked contrast to Apple. Only Apple’s own apps have access to the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. In addition, the fingerprint is stored and retrieved locally – meaning that data is not sent over the internet.

“Pass allows you to use fingerprint recognition features within your application. With Pass, you can provide reinforced security since you can identify whether the current user actually is the authentic owner of the device”

The first app to make use of the fingerprint scanner is Paypal. Galaxy S5 owners will be able to login to their Paypal account and authorise a payment with the use of their fingerprint instead of a password.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]